Saturday, June 18, 2016

What an Average Summer Day Looks Like...CHAOS

Here's what a normal summer day looks like this year. The last time I did this it was called What A Typical Visit Looks Like. Let's see the differences, shall we? My posts are a little shorter currently because the following happens nearly every day. But I think it's important to have down, so you know what I mean when I say "re-runs" (a typical day / activities) versus "highlights" (something new or different). 

12:30 AM - Wake up, and sigh because I stayed up "late" (10:30 pm). Tend to Anastasia, feed, change, and cuddle her a little. 

1:05  AM- Play on my phone, check Facebook. (Bad sleeping habits but I am WIDE awake  for some reason). Fall back asleep.
3:00  AM- Wake up, feed and change Anastasia. Check her 02 saturation. 
3:34  AM - Attempt to go back to sleep.
6:00 AM - Wake up, feed and change Anastasia. 
6:15 AM - Heidi is wide awake for the day. (Think of Anna in Frozen, "The sky's awake, so I'M awake!)
6:20 AM - Try to go back to sleep
6:30 AM - Char gets home from work. I give up on sleep and sneak in some reading. 
7:00 AM - Rory awakens. Reading didn't last long. 
7:15 AM - Change Rory and make breakfast for everyone. English muffins for Heidi Anne and me, we split an orange. Dry Fruit Loops and applesauce for Rory. 
7:55 AM - Go play / watch Rory. Listen to the news. Ahhh, adult human contact has been somewhat made. 
9:00 AM - Anastasia is up, (apparently, she is on a 3 hour schedule today). Feed and change her. Switch out her SP02 monitor for a new one. She's at 93% without oxygen, that works for me. Read and play with Rory while tending to Baby Girl. 
10:10 AM - Second Breakfast / morning snack. Carrots and a granola bar for Heidi Anne (she's trying to eat more healthy since the doctor told her to eat more fruits and vegetables. Somehow, coming from a doctor is more serious then when I tell her the exact same thing. Shaking head right now.)
10:33 AM - Back to play time. Try to fold laundry. Rory grabs it and throws the laundry on the floor. I keep trying for 10 more minutes and then give up and put the clothes back in the basket. Sigh, I'll try to get to it tonight or tomorrow when Char is home. 
11:00 AM - Nap time for Rory & quite time for Heidi Anne. I hurry and start a crock pot for dinner. I pick up the kitchen while I'm at it since the little people are sleeping. 
12:06 AM - Type up on my post what I have jotted down on a piece of paper about what's been going on. 
12:30 PM - Guess who's up and hungry again?? Feed, change, cuddle Stacy (One of her new nick-names. I like it, one of my best friends is name Stacy and she's a sweet, smart, strong, and kind young lady.) 
12:58 PM - Wake up Char for his day. Talk a little and get caught up on each other's days.
 1:33 PM - Rory's up from his nap.
 1:38 PM - Snack Time.
 1:45 PM - Char watches Rory while I attend to the laundry (again). This time it gets put away. Amazing!!
2:37 PM - Late Lunch for us, breakfast for Char. 
2:54 PM - Clean up from lunch, save leftovers (guess what's for dinner?)
3:00 PM - Char gets ready for work.
3:06 PM - And she's up, I could set a watch to her today. I balance stopping Rory from trying to pull at her SP02 monitor and the oxygen line while feeding the baby.
3:15 PM - Char kisses us each good-bye, then leaves for work in Ogden.
3:16 PM - Have Heidi keep an eye on Rory while I finish taking care of Anastasia. 
3:22 PM - Play with Rory while holding Stacy. Debate about putting him down for a late afternoon nap, after all he's acting sleeping. Heidi starts to read a book on the Kindle (we're letting her use it to read for summer break). 
4:00 PM - Heidi goes out to play with friends. She's been wanting to go out all day. 
4:20 PM - I surrender!! He is going down for a nap. He falls asleep right away. Sweet, I made the right choice. Cuddle the baby.  
4:30 PM - Call Char to see how his drive was, it also gives me more time to talk to him.
4:45 PM - Get off the phone with Char, while I was talking Ladybug has fallen asleep. A little reprieve from children. What to do, what to do? 
4:46 PM - Stare down the laundry. I can tackle it tomorrow when I have help again. Sneak in some rare reading time for myself. 
5:10 PM - Heidi comes to check in. 
5:14 PM - Type up what I've been up to. Back to my book.
5:21 PM - Anastasia's monitor goes off meanwhile she cries out. Yep, she's projectile vomited, again. Take care of her. 
5:43 PM - Rory wakes up while I'm feeding the baby. 
5:45 PM - Put Anastasia down, make Rory a sippy cup. Get Rory, change him, give him his drink. Pick Anastasia back up and finish feeding her. 
5:59 PM - Heidi comes home (I told her be home by 6:00 pm-technically she was). Get asked "What's for dinner?" Rory perks up at the word "dinner".
6:05 PM - Leftovers, leftovers are for dinner. 
6:22 PM - Pure chaos. Anastasia seems to get very fussy between 4 pm - 9 pm. This evening it started at  6:22 pm. At the same time Heidi can't handle the noise so she goes to play in her room. Then Rory knows neither I nor Heidi can't watch him like a hawk and that we can't play with him, which makes Rory more adventurous. Set Rory up with some toys while I care for Anastasia (feeding, changing clothes and diapers, soothing).
6:23 PM - Keep in mind, until Anastasia goes to sleep there is a screaming baby in the background, believe me I'm trying everything to calm her down. I think it's her hernia causing pain or discomfort personally. I remind myself that we have an appointment with Primary Children'd pediatric surgeon next week. Once she finally finishes pooing she'll be better (she's not constipated, believe me).
6:36 PM - It's quite, too quite. Look for Rory, he's not where I left him. Go check the halls and have Heidi check the rooms. He can only go so far. I start back down the hallway when I hear giggles. We follow the sounds of the giggles. The kid has crawled into a laundry basket, hiding the whole time! Silly boy, what is with him and laundry today? Seriously! He has all these toys to play with and he wants the laundry basket. 
7:06 PM - Ladybug is still fussy. We turn on the Simpson's. Heidi is entertained. Time to put Rory in nightclothes and brush his teeth for the night. I have to out him in his highchair while I brush his teeth, he has nowhere to go. (Insert evil laugh). 
7:11 PM - Rory is freed and ready for the night. Back to toddling he goes, just walking around because he can. Tugs on Anastasia's O2 line, along with any other cords or wires he can try to find. This would be so much easier if he understood the meaning of the word NO. But he's barely 15 months old, I remind myself. He doesn't understand it yet. 
7:36 PM - Simpsons are over, now Heidi is "bored". I turn on a show for me to listen to while taking care of the babies. Wouldn't you know it, Heidi likes it as well. Have Heidi start picking up baby toys in the living room. I try to involve Rory with the cleaning, normally we can get him to toss some toys in a box, but not today. Tonight he just pulls out whatever she tries to put away. We give up.
8:00 PM - Put Rory down for bed. Talk with Heidi a little while rocking Anastasia. Focusing on Anastasia so I let Heidi have another show to watch. 
9:00 PM - Turn on the news and tuck Heidi into bed. Since Anastasia has been on a 3 hour schedule I prep everything I'll need. It appears she isn't hungry and hasn't finished popping. But I do put her in nightclothes. The grand total of outfits worn by her today? Drum roll please? 4 outfits. 
9:21 PM - Anastasia is finally ready for a bottle and new diaper. She's calmed down quite a bit. 
9:45 PM - I think I nodded off there. But I put Anastasia to bed and finish watching the news. 
10:00 PM - Oh sweet comfort, my bed! Ah rest! Enjoy it while it lasts because I'll be up in 2 hours or so.